A DEVOTED mum-of-three who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage has saved FOUR lives by donating her organs.
Stella Gee, 35, was found by her step-daughter Cheryl collapsed and unresponsive at her Leeds Road home.
She was rushed to hospital where surgeons carried out tests which revealed an aneurysm on her brain had haemorrhaged, causing irreparable damage.
Her heartbroken fiance Jeff Ford, a security director, was told the devastating news after she had spent the night in intensive care.
Her death has shattered the lives of their three children, Sophie, 12, Sean, 11 and Sara, 10.
Jeff also has two grown-up children from a previous marriage, Cheryl, 22, and Lee, 27.
He said: "They said the aneurysm had haemorrhaged and there was nothing they could do.
It’s devastating. I have hardly slept since.
"The kids are coping but its not really sunk in yet.
"When I went out to work she was as chirpy as I don’t know what.
"She had been suffering from headaches for about a week but just took some paracetamol.
"She didn’t have any medical conditions and apart from the headaches she had been fine."
Jeff phoned Stella’s mum and her three brothers and they faced the task of deciding whether to donate Stella’s organs.
Jeff, 52, continued: "Stella was always helping people and we thought that is what she would have wanted.
He had to phone her brother Andrew in Spain and break the news.
"We gave consent for her kidneys, liver, heart and lungs to be donated and we have since heard that they went to four recipients.
"They have told us that they are doing well and will keep us informed.
"It was a family decision, if one of us hadn’t wanted it, we wouldn’t have done it. I think she would have wanted to help people."
Speaking of happier times, Jeff added: "We didn’t have much money but she always did what she could for the children.
"Looking at the photos of her when the children were younger you can see how proud she was of them in her eyes.
"She was so full of life and a loving mother."
He said he had asked her to marry him numerous times and they got engaged 10 years ago.
Step-daughter Cheryl added: "She was a mum to me, even though she didn’t have to be.
"She loved all the kids. She will be missed."
Stella, a former Colne Valley High pupil, enjoyed mountain biking when she was younger.
She grew up in Linthwaite, Slaithwaite before moving to Golcar.
Her family released a Chinese lantern this week at a gathering to celebrate her life.
Stella’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 6 at 12.30 at Huddersfield Crematorium.
JEFF Ford wrote this poem to mark his love for his fiancee, Stella.
You’re My Love, My Friend, my Everything.
A Loving Mum to Our Young Three,
My Heart it Calls out to Thee, But you’re Not There.
All seems Dark, and lonely Now you’re gone,
For you Were My Life, My Love, the Air I Breath,
My love For you will always Be,
The time we Shared, was Meant to be,
I miss the Love you shared with me,
Your Life was Short but oh so Sweet,
Now When I lay my head to sleep
I close my eyes and think of thee,
With Love we shared, I’ll Dream of Thee.
I wish that I could Comfort Thee.
But Now you’ve gone it’s Clear to See,
God loved you too and set you Free,
You’ve Touched My Heart it’s Plain to See,
I wish you Could Come Back to Me,
But I Know this Can Not Be,
So God will Care and Comfort Thee,
Our love’s So Strong in time we’ll see,
I’ll Live My life with our Young Three,
Then One Fine day I’ll be Back with Thee,
So Until we Meet again I’ll Be True to Thee.
IF your life depended on it you’d almost certainly accept an organ transplant.
But just 28% of Britons have agreed to donate their heart, lungs, liver and other vital organs after death by signing the Organ Donor Register.
Deciding to donate your organs will prevent loved one’s with agonising decisions after your passing.
It is the job of a team of dedicated nurses to find organs for almost 8,000 people who are currently awaiting a transplant in the UK.
They are sourcing potential organ donors and co-ordinating the long list of people in desperate need of transplants used to be handled by single teams at university hospitals in Leeds, Sheffield and Hull.
The total number of people registered on the Organ Donor Register was 18,693,549 - or 30% of the population - by the end of March 2012. This is an increase of nearly 950,000 people on the previous year.
Earlier this year the Rose Garden of Remembrance opened at Calderdale Royal Hospital to pay tribute to the many generous people who have become organ and tissue donors in the Huddersfield and Halifax region.
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